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All Saints

All Saints stands proudly in the centre of town with a unique and important heritage story to tell that began nearly 1400 years ago.

Ilkley, Yorkshire

Opening times

The church is usually open as a minimum Monday to Saturday between 9.30am and 2.30pm.
If you are making a special journey to visit please call first as occasional events or special services, such as weddings or funerals, may prevent or hinder access.

Guided tours and visits can be arranged. We welcomes visit from schools, colleges and other groups and is keen to support any group that wishes to use the church as a learning resource. Please contact us to arrange.


Church Street
LS29 9DS

The location of All Saints was originally the site of the Roman fort of Olicana. It has been a place of continuous Christian worship since about 627AD. Although the legions may have departed more than 1,400 years ago, they left their imprint on the town and on the earliest church with the original building being constructed out of stone from the abandoned Roman fort. In 1925 two window arches from the original church, carved from two Roman Altar stones, were brought into the church after being discovered built into the tower during excavations at the time.

The three fine Anglo Saxon cross shafts, since 1983 housed within the church building, are further testament to an early Christian presence at this location. The church is first mentioned in Domesday in 1086. The oldest part of the present building is the 13th century south doorway, the nave dates from the 14th century while the tower dates from the 15th century. The church was restored and extended in the 1860s, as the town’s popularity as a visitor attraction grew with the development of the hydropathic spas. It still retained its medieval gothic style and became Grade II* listed in 1949.

We hope that visitors to Ilkley will come to visit the church, the oldest building in the town.

We are proud custodians of the rich heritage visible in the fabric of this building, and as lived through the lives of the people who have worshipped here through the centuries. New information boards and multimedia displays that tell the story of the church and the important part it has played in the development of Ilkley from the time of the Romans to the present day. The new link between the church and church house is framed by a glass passageway displaying an illustrated timeline of the church’s role in the history of the town.

  • Spectacular stained glass

  • Social heritage stories

  • Magnificent memorials

  • Enchanting atmosphere

  • Captivating architecture

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Train station within 250m

  • Parking within 250m

  • Level access to the main areas

  • Café within 500m

  • Bus stop within 100m

  • Accessible toilets in church

  • Activities for children and young people : we provide a fun, safe place where children can make their own connections with God. We do this on a Sunday morning through our ‘Saints’ groups. (For more information see website under Children and Youth).

  • Mothers Union : Our group supports families and communities both in the UK and around the world, in line with the vision and values of this life-changing organisation. We meet on the first Monday of every month at 7.30pm in Church House, please come and join us.

  • Church of England

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